{High Five for Friday}

I’m linking up with the gorgeous Lauren Elizabeth for another round of High Five for Friday. Woot Woot!

This week was chalked full of goodness. Here are some highlights:

{one} J started laying our new (new to us) hardwood floors.

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{two} Our farm share was awesome and most of our dinners incorporated some yummies from a local farm.

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{three} I found a bucket list over eight years old.

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{four} John Robert started college and is KILLIN’ IT! So proud.

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{five Our life group did a clothing/accessories/personal care/housewares swap and it was awesome. 

photo (20)Hope your week was as great as mine!

 

{Thirty} Decade Lessons.

 

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Next Thursday, I will turn thirty! 3-0! Three freakin‘ zero! As I reflect on the last decade of life, I can think of three defining moments. These moments provided me with clarity. Set me in a direction- a direction that I will always cherish, value, and be grateful for. These moments, I’ll share because they are worth remembering… for a lifetime!

{One-Jesus} 

I grew up Christian. I went to church and was baptized at age 12. And then… Boys! They got me confused and set me off into the wilderness. Not because I’m a victim, but because I let them. I’ll never forget those years of darkness, uneasiness, and embarrassment. However, my parents forced me to go visit my sister at college when I was 22. Meg invited me to a “College Day Revival” or something like that… I honestly don’t know what was said at the event. I just know I wept. I wept in total surrender. I let go of the lies I’d believed for so long. I let go of the insecurity and the crap I hung onto for no reason at all. I just left all of it there and finally felt the Lord alive inside of my brokenness. I felt hopeful for the future and at that moment things started to shift. Jesus took a center stage once again and life has never been the same.

{Two-Haiti}

I went to Haiti for the first time when I was 24. I didn’t know why I wanted to go, but knew that God had called me to go. He called me years prior, but I was dealing with some junk (see above). I finally went and fell in love! In love with the people, the culture, and the space, all of it… As a result, I’ve gained a community, a stronger support network, and a belonging. God knew what he was doing when he let my world collide with Haiti. He gave me a new heart and a new passion! 

 {Three- My Wedding Day}

Jason and I got married when I was 25 in Jamaica. This was the most beautiful day of my life. It was calm and peaceful. Our immediate family was in attendance and afterwards we spent the whole summer celebrating with friends. J is unlike any man I’ve ever dated. His personality is essentially the polar opposite of mine, but it works beautifully. He’s my biggest cheerleader, my strong tower, and voice of reason. I’m so grateful for him! 

So, even though you couldn’t pay me to relive my twenties, I’m forever grateful for these three defining moments. By saying “yes” to these things, I’m on a path I’m proud of and learning to define the real me… SO GRATEFUL! 

 

 

 

{When American and Haiti Collide} College Bound

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Several months ago, my husband and I made the decision to help a young man from Haiti pursue a college degree in the US. John Robert, served as our interpreter for a couple of years and as a result morphed into one of our closest friends, strongest protectors, and a son.

He had the opportunity to attend a private English Immersion school and receive a well-rounded education. This empowered him to learn English and even take the SAT. He excelled in school and always was in the top of his class. When he graduated two years ago, he knew he wanted to continue his education, but wasn’t sure how. He applied to a college and was denied. A year later, after healing from rejection, he applied again and was denied. However, in his darkest hour, in the moments where success seemed like a fleeting dream, God nudged me.

He worked on my heart, my mind, and wrestled with me in my sleep, until I moved. I took a risk and sold out to this young man’s cause. I made phone calls, raised money, organized trips, made best friends with people through email, and was able to logistically figure out a way for him to attend a University in the States. This was not done by me, but by God’s ability to work through a network of people, all interested in the same cause. This was arranged because God’s provision for this young man’s life did not stop at high school. This was arranged because John Robert and other amazing people (Jason, Jonny, Lizz, Lori, my life group, my family, my church, my work, and many others) stood next to me in partnership. This worked out because God did not call the capable, but because he calls the willing.

On July 17th around 12:30 in the afternoon, John Robert landed in KY for the first time. We spent nearly a month together before I packed him up to attend Kentucky Christian University. He started classes on Tuesday and will be pursuing a business degree. This triumph does not belong to me, my support network, or to John Robert, but it belongs to the Lord. Because the declaration of the Lord is true when it says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you- plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

If you’d like to know more about the journey, please visit John Robert’s campaign via Fundly